Evaluation is often used to characterize andappraise subjects of interest in a wide range ofhuman enterprises, including the arts, criminaljustice, foundations, non-profitorganizations, government, health care andother human services.
Evaluation is :The systematic acquisition andassessment of information to provideuseful feedback about some object .
Another definition isusing the collected information throughasking questions , consulting partners, making assessment and obtaining feedback to improve a program .
Evaluation is“ The examination of the worth , merit ,or significance of an object “.
We can also define evaluationas:It is the structured interpretation and giving ofmeaning to predicted or actual impacts ofproposals or results.
Evaluation can be :1- formative :that is taking place during the development of a conceptor proposal, project or organization, with the intention ofimproving the value or effectiveness of the proposal,project or organization.
2- summative:drawing lessons from a completed actionor project or an organization at a laterpoint in time or circumstance.
Evaluation is :A systematic, rigorous, and meticulous application ofscientific methods to assess thedesign, implementation, improvement or outcomesof a program. It is a resource-intensiveprocess, frequently requiring resources, suchas, evaluator expertise, labor, time and a sizeablebudget
Evaluation isA study designed to assist some audience to assess an object’smerit and worth (Shufflebeam)In this definition the focus is on facts as well as value ladenjudgments of the programs outcomes and worth.
What is the difference betweenassessment and evaluation ?
Assessment is :defined as data-gatheringstrategies, analyses, and reporting processesthat provide information that can be used todetermine whether or not intended outcomesare being achieved.
However Evaluationuses assessment information to supportdecisions on maintaining, changing, ordiscarding instructional or programmaticpractices .
Evaluation is :a developmental process aims to improve the domainthat is being assessed through collecting data toolswhich enable the decision makers to judge the system(program , course …..) to improve the performance .
Evaluation at its final destinationdetermines the value of something(project – program – curriculum –course ----)
Evaluation may be defined as two kinds :1- Qualitative Evaluation .2- Quantitative Evaluation .
1- Qualitative EvaluationIt is an assessment process that answers thequestion “How well did we do ?” .
2- Quantitative EvaluationIt is an assessment process that answers thequestion “ How much did we do ?” .